Ideas, tips and hacks for a stress-free picnic

Whether you’re visiting a secluded field or just spending it in the garden this weekend, we’ve got a few fantastic picnic ideas and hacks that you’ll want to try.

Let’s start with the basics, you’ll need:

  • A picnic blanket (or you can improvise with an old bed sheet)

  • A high SPF sunscreen

  • Sunglasses and a hat

  • Plenty of water

  • Hand sanitizer or biodegradable bacterial wipes

  • A spare bag to put your rubbish in

Now on to the important stuff… the food! Finger food is great for picnics, it’s easy to pack, there’s no cutlery faff and are usually delicious! Don’t forget if you’re eating finger food to regularly wash your hands, especially if you’re not at home.

Sausage rolls

When you think picnic, what’s the first image that comes to your mind? Ours instantly goes to the classic sausage roll. Not only are they super tasty, they’re super easy to make. Check out this 4-ingredient sausage roll croissants recipe. 

Cauliflower cheese bites

These vegetarian cauliflower cheese bites are great lunchbox snacks and last up to three days so can be enjoyed after the picnic! Find the recipe here. 

Vegetable crisps

Before you throw out those vegetable peelings, make good use of them! Vegetable crisps are low-fat and you can season them with the flavours you like, read more here. 

No-bake peanut butter oat bars

End your picnic feast with something sweet. For this recipe, all you need is peanut butter, honey and rolled oats. It uses all natural ingredients and is very quick to put together. Check it out here. 

Hacks and tips

Sometimes picnics can be more stressful than they should be. From keeping everything cool to getting bugs in your drink. Fear not, we have solutions to make your picnic as easy breezy as possible!

Balloon ice packs

Keeping your food and drinks cool is a real issue – no one wants tepid drinking water on a hot day. Easy solution, freeze a few balloons full of water the night before your picnic and place them at the bottom of your picnic bag.

Drink cover ups

To avoid any little critters or pollen in the air getting in your drink, simply pop a hole in the middle of a cupcake case and poke a paper straw through. Place in your drink and just like that, you have a simple drink cover!

No-mess hummus jars

Carrot, cucumber and celery sticks are delicious with hummus, but a real pain to take on the go. Here’s a great way around this, take a jar, put a few spoonful’s of hummus at the bottom and then place your veggie sticks upright and put the lid back on. They’re now dipped and ready to go!

Portable music player

If you don’t have or want to risk bringing a Bluetooth speaker with you, take a spare glass, play some music on your phone and place it into the cup. You’ve now created a make-shift speaker. Remember to always be mindful of how loud your music is for the people around you!